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Farron Welcomes Kendal Bridge Reopening

February 9, 2016 2:56 PM

South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that Victoria Bridge in Kendal has now reopened, and has called for other bridges to be reopened as soon as possible.

Victoria Bridge had been closed due to structural concerns, requiring traffic going through Kendal to take a lengthy detour. However, following work by Cumbria County Council, the bridge has now reopened.

However, a number of roads and bridges still remain closed across South Lakeland.

Tim said: "Local residents and businesses alike will be pleased and relieved that Victoria Bridge is back open, and traffic problems through Kendal will be hugely helped by this.

"The challenge now is to ensure that the many other roads and bridges which remain closed across South Lakeland are repaired and reopened as soon as possible. The continued closure of roads and bridges is having a detrimental impact on residents and businesses, many of whom have already been badly hit by flooding.

"I will continue to put pressure on central government to provide the necessary funds, so that the County Council can press ahead with the work required to repair our infrastructure. At the moment, it is estimated that the cost of repairing damaged infrastructure across Cumbria is around £500 million, yet so far the Conservatives have only provided around £40 million of this."